Throughout the years, we have maintained a strong and respected position both in the business and construction communities within Central Illinois. Our hallmark building is the original arena structure at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, now known as the State Farm Center, which was completed in 1963. It still stands as the only unsupported concrete dome structure of its size in the world.
Felmley is Founded
The John Felmley Company was founded in 1936 by John Felmley and was incorporated in 1947. John Felmley was President of the company until 1958. John Felmley was the son of Dr. David Felmley, the sixth President of Illinois State University from 1900 to 1930.
Ray Dickerson a Partner
In 1952, Ray Dickerson was added as a partner and the company’s name was changed to Felmley-Dickerson Co. Ray Dickerson became President of the company in 1958 and served in that role until 1977.
James B. Meek Joins
James B. Meek, a 1943 Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois and nephew of John Felmley, joined the company in 1946. In 1977, James B. Meek became Felmley-Dickerson Co.'s President and Chairman of the Board. He remained President until 1985 and Chairman of the Board until 1990.
Richard Foley Becomes President
Richard (Dick) Foley became President in 1985 and served in that role until 1990. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois in June 1949, he joined the company as a field superintendent. As a young engineer, Dick greatly contributed to the construction of the University of Illinois Assembly Hall, now know as the State Farm Center.
John B. Meek Named President
In 1973, John B. Meek, son of James B. Meek, began his career with the company. After serving in both field and office capacities, John was named President and Chairman of the Board in 1990. He was President until 2018 and remains the Chairman of the Board.
Jim Meek + Jason Brewer
Jason Brewer, a 1999 Construction Engineering Technology graduate of Missouri Western State University, began working for the company in 2001. Jim Meek, a 2006 Construction Management graduate of Purdue University and the son of John B. Meek, began working for the company in 2009. In 2018, Jim Meek and Jason Brewer were appointed President and Vice President, respectively.